October 28, 2014
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Consultation for Cold Calling Signs to be Erected in Tongwynlais

Cold Calling Control Zone sticker

The Cardiff County Council Trading Standards department have distributed plans for 19 Cold Calling Control Zone (CCCZ) signs to be erected in the village.

Cold Calling Control Zones discourage rogue traders and doorstep criminals. Zones do not automatically make it a criminal offence for unwanted doorstep sellers to call at your door but they are an important deterrent that also gives local householders the confidence to say “No” when approached on their doorstep.

Fair Trading Officer, Steve Langton, explains in his letter that this second consultation is taking place after 96% of responses to the initial consultation were in favour of a CCCZ in Tongwynlais.

I’ve mapped the rough location of the signs based on the supplied documentation. If you’re concerned about a sign, please contact Trading Standards to confirm its exact location.

According to the documentation, signs 2,3,4 and 17 (in blue) will use existing street lights while the remaining signs will need new posts.

Trading Standards are very keen to get residents’ feedback on these proposed locations. If you’d like to register any enquiries, suggestions or raise any objections to the proposed signs you can do this before the 12 November 2014 by:

CCCZ leaflet2

CCCZ leaflet1

More information can be found on the Trading Standards website or on The City of Cardiff Council website.

October 24, 2014
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Halloween Nights at Castell Coch

Nick Brunger

Storyteller Nick Brunger reveals Castell Coch’s mysterious history

Nick Brunger hosts a live interpretation tour of Castell Coch and unveils the forgotten legends of its past.

Castell Coch Cavalier

“The most famous local ghost story is the legend of the Castell Coch Cavalier.

“The story comes from reports from the servants of a lady who rented the castle as private residence from the Bute family for a short period many years ago. Apparently, a male servant told of how he awoke in the middle of the night to find the ghost of a cavalier standing at the foot of his bed.

“Naturally, the servant had quote the fright, but escaped unharmed.

“The cavalier is said to have hidden treasure in the walls of the castle before going off to fight in the civil war.

“But tragically he was never to return, except as the ghost apparition who continues searching the castle grounds for what he had lost all those years before.”

Dame Griffiths

“Castell Coch’s other infamous spectral figure is Dame Griffiths.

“Hers is a story of devastating loss; her son is said to have drowned in a bottomless pit of water whilst playing in the surrounding woodland many moons ago.

“His body was never found, and Dame Griffiths never recovered from losing her beloved child.

“Since then, the spirit of Dame Griffiths has been spotted by a number of visitors wandering through the castle searching for her boy, yearning to be reunited with him.”

Castell Coch

Welsh Noble Ifor Bach

“The old Welsh noble, Ifor Bach, is said to have owned the original Medieval castle that stood on the site before the Marquess of Bute created the building that is so recognisable today.

“Legend has it he used witchcraft to turn two of his men into stone eagles, and entrusted them to guard his treasure buried deep within a castle chamber.

“Following Ifor Bach’s death, two thieves broke into the castle and dug for his great treasure but were foiled by his stone eagles, who instantly sprang to life to fend off the villains. The thieves then met their grisly end.

“No one ever discovered Ifor Bach’s treasure. Rumour has it the riches remain hidden below the fairytale castle to this day, waiting to be found.”

Halloween Nights runs from Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November. Tours are available at 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8.00pm and 8.45pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for adults.

Booking is essential as tickets are limited to 25 per tour. Call Castell Coch on 02920 810 101 to book tickets.

October 21, 2014
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The Shrieking Violets at The Lewis Arms

The Shrieking Violets

We have another treat for live music fans; the Shrieking Violets are playing The Lewis Arms this Saturday, the 25th of October.

“The violets are an exhilarating, energy filled combo fusing pop punk and rock to create a unique blend of the past and present resulting in well known classics covered in a way you will not expect and will never forget!”

The Shrieking Violets are Rhi, Chris, Jim and Lloyd. Formed in 2010, the band play tracks from Madonna to Metallica, AC/DC to Adele and everything else in between.

Listen to their version of “Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC.

You can follow the band on Twitter or check out their website.